Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an empirically validated psychotherapy treatment that has been found especially effective in treating PTSD and Trauma, but also with numerous other conditions. The World Health Organization and American Psychiatric Association, among other organizations worldwide, recognize EMDR therapy as an effective form of treatment.
EMDR is a structured therapy that supports the client to focus briefly on a traumatic memory, while at the same time experiencing bilateral stimulation (stimuli that occur in a rhythmic left-right pattern, such as eye movements, tapping, vibrating paddles, tones, etc.). Processing this way allows for a reduction in negative emotions and physical sensations connected to these memories.
What to expect in EMDR therapy: The first 1-2 sessions leading up to EMDR processing will include a thorough history-taking, as well an opportunity to learn new regulation management tools. Sessions after this will focus on exploring and choosing targets for the upcoming processing sessions. Processing is done using bilateral stimulation and checking in regularly with the client. EMDR can be effective at reducing distress related to a memory in just a few sessions, or can take many more sessions, depending on the complexity of the client’s concerns.
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EMDR Areas of
PTSD / Trauma
Anxiety / Panic
Grief and Loss